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Old 04-06-2004, 03:26 PM   #29
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Well that got a little excitement - they are kind of neat - not actual beads but lengths of bamboo then painted after.

Leigh - does not look like they carry any type of Blinds. However I was thinking of getting the real cheap bamboo blinds - homedepot I think, or Wal-mart, Zellers or that kind of place even Sears - usually come in different widths - length you will always have to cut for the short trailer windows - but they are cheap enough. I was thinking of making some sort of stencil from some of the patterns I have in all the different fabric and borders - then either hand paint it on and laquer spray a clear coat - or get into the glitter type spray paints - silver/gold etc. and spray on a few moons or suns or a bunch of florescent stars.

Doug - here is the web site of the place I bought the door from - not the greatest quality but fits the theme! I found them on e-bay and in fact that is where I bought mine. Check out their web site - I am sure you will find something for the 50's era. Sounds like we have the same type of bathroom - resembles more like an airplane or boat head than a luxury liner bathroom like most people have on this site (Rear Baths). We can fit in ours with the door closed.

Bought a shower curtain that will probably stay open all the time (beads would be a great idea- too) I just bought a bright Yellow toilet fluff and a needle point patch of yes you guessed it a celestial moon. That will be for a rainy day project.Too many curtains to do for now.

Marc - if you can hang out for a bit - the next set of curtains I make (tonight) I will take a play by play photo story and send them to you later this week.

My original A/S curtains were very simple single pleate top and bottom (1/2 inch pleate - 1 inch folded and every 2 3/4" apart. I also have the SS snaps that keep the curtains nicely in place with the good side always showing. Also have the small patches of velcro to keep them closed when drawn. I had all the originals so I just measured from them and gave my self a 1" double fold over hem all round (that way if you cut the material a bit wonky you have a bit of a margin for error). What are the size of your windows - maybe I can help you figure it out. If you go by the standard you will have way too much curtain . As they are top and bottom pleated and on a track - you don't need the elaborate pleating you would for a home window dressing that is not tracked top and bottom.

I have basically duplicated how they were made. The key is measuring and to use pleate tape. This is the stiff material that goes between the two layers of fabric - the curtain material and the curtain liner/backing. To make your curtains really nice - pick a nice fabric for the back to - but make sure it is a light colour or it will fade with the sun. I lucked out and found a really nice silky/satin material with a pattern in it - swirls ha ha like the moon - and it was cheaper than regular curtain liner - thicker and much nicer. (A bit hard to work with - static - yikes.)

If you pick either a really light or really dark Material/pattern and match the thread - anyone who is not the greatest of sewers can get away with murder - or in otherwords the straight lines don't matter much if you can't see the thread just make sure the seem/fold is straight.

Not sure how to post a link to a URL since the new WS but here is the address.
http://www.bamboodoorbeads.com/
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Old 04-06-2004, 04:10 PM   #30
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Hi me again;

Here is the little needle point I picked up today. It is only 5"X5" and should attach to the yellow toilet seat fluff just nicely. I'll have to make a sign that says "please remove seat fluff before showering"!
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Old 04-07-2004, 12:05 AM   #31
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Rivet celestial theme--would like some ideas/suggestions

I am not a decorator, but I love to change themes often. I don't know if my last post went through or not as I tried to stop it from going through as I was going to post some photos from our previous theme. Currently is contemporary, but I think I want to go back to the theme we have in the photos. Has anyone painted the walls in their AS? I heard somewhere to wash the walls down with bleach and then use Kiltz primer before painting...We are also thinking of replacing the gaucho with a sleeper sofa or a futon--I think the futon would be easier to get in the door....
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Old 04-07-2004, 08:57 AM   #32
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imeynstein I'm no decorator either just like to have fun! So here is my 2cents....

I like the "neuvo Safari" style and if you do too then just give it an up lift. There are lots of "artifacts and treasures" on the market today for that style as it is very popular.

As many find out - be careful with paint. A theme can get tired and change a needed and you don't want to have to strip colours off after the fact - with such a portable unit - I would tend to stick to a "Portable" decorating scheme - meaning fabrics and accents. And cover things that can easily be replaced if necessary.

However, if you were to do something I would go for somekind of "foiling" either copper, brass, silver, aluminum etc. on the end cap in the living room only. This would be a neutral type of application that if themes changed it could be incorporated easily into the next theme.

If that is an ashtray filled with smokes I see - and the picture is recent - (first quit smoking - bad for you ) Second I would think that all the fabric would be in need of a "fresh" change.

My Vision..... no bookshelfs and in it's place a nest of "hump back Trunks" anchored to the floor - great storage - but round tops so you can't pile clutter on top. I see an "skin print" curtain fabric (loud and bright) with a nice cream liner. If your cupboards are actually wood - then try a nice light wood stain.
If there is carpet on the floor - out with it - and in with an interesting composit type floor. Use the floor to bring in the lighter colour and to soften your theme. (just saw some textured floor tiles yesterday - really neat ceramic tile look, tarnished steel like floor look, cork look and so on larger tiles 2.5X2.5 - but fairly light looks like the same type of material "Pargo flooring" uses -which many have installed (as we will be soon too.)

Dress up all the bed coverings - with lots of pillows - The futton would work nice and give you a bit of open roominess.

If your cupboards are all vynol veneer then you could recover them. Be creative - use the original colour and accent with stripes to pick up on some of the theme colours.

I see a huge animal skin under your Awning (like a fake lion or gazelle) with the nifty Giaraffs lining the entrance. Go with the theme and serve up African dishes, have some hanging trinkets (your pictures on the wall are a nice touch keep them)

Make it sharp and neat - flowy fabrics in a trailer might not be the safest - and they will be big dust collectors.

Not saying to put all this in your coach just ideas - but old suitcases would work well for "goin-on-safari" - Wood Carvings of various animals - Theme Book holders these just happen to be lions - animal skins - great garage sale finds - mine is a springbok actually from a Safari in Africa (I wish it was me - but nope from my cousin whos family lives there) Old trunks - many of them were ribbed and very light due to voyage weight controls - this trunk emigrated with us from England) I have many more of my parents trunks in our basement.

Whatever your theme good luck and have fun with it!
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Old 04-07-2004, 11:59 AM   #33
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imeynstein - I also can't claim decorator background, but can say I wanted a theme that represented "me" for our Argosy. My middle name could be "Celestial", and plus, ARGOSY just seemed to fit w/Celestial since and Argosy was a ship needin to use the heavens to navigate, not to mention the 70's theme of which our "78" trailer was a part of. It all just fit!! Anyway, your decor should reflect your family taste and comfort for sure.
On another note. We did a futon. We like it for looks and comfort. Moving it is another story, as it is heavier that the original foam cushions. Food for thought, altho we are working on resolving that minor problem. Here is a pic from my gallery of new futon.
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Huh... it wouldn't let me attach?? I'll try again, or you might have to glance at my gallery pics. It is one of the newest that I just posted this week.

Here goes again.
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Thanks for all of the info and ideas!! Will post new pics when I get through! I have pretty wild taste I guess so who knows what to expect when I get it all done! You have done a fantastic job and keep up the good work. Keep on sending the photos...
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Phew...finnised the last of the curtains yesterday morning - this was the last panel. Trust me to leave the front window long long long ones to last.

Now I just have to remove all the hardware from the old curtains and sew them on the new ones.

Removed the double wheel carries from the rods today - yuk think I will buy all knew ones - they are rusted and don't move very well - very stiff and some you need a crow bar to get moving.

I think the best way to tackle it from now is to sew the top Kirsh tabs on first - then hang the curtains and mark exactly where the bottom ones will be.

I will be replacing the bottom tabs spring units with elastic instead as most of the spring loads are gone and the remaining don't work very well.

I think my next little project before I tackle the upholstery is the shower curtain - I have the original but will be replacing it with the new celestial one from sears - there is a little curtain rod with four hooks and the rest of the curtain snaps using SS boat snaps down the back of the wall.

My house looks like a sewing room!

PS Mark if you would like me to send pics of the steps I took to make the curtains I did remember to take picutres. I am not an expert sewer - never took any lessons and certainly don't do it for a living - but you are more than welcome to see how I made mine - I am very pleased at how they turned out and just can not wait to see them all up in the trailer.
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Your curtains are great! Bet you can't wait to get out and enjoy all. I like to just sit in ours and enjoy a cup of coffee - real cozy.

I finally have the finished picture of the faux stained glass for our back window! Going to show it off if I can. The artist worked hard to get just the right colors and the rounded window edges to fit so it would mix with the rest of our celestial goodies.
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Excellent Window

Wow Leigh that is so cool - I will have to commission you to do a small porthole window in our bi-fold bathroom door.

Really nice job - have you been doing stain glass long? Our new friends Annie and Marvin are right into stain glass as well they are really good at it and I'm sure they plan on doing some work for their newly aquired Argosy.

I finished the shower curtain last night - very similar to yours but once again slightly different.

Annie also gave me a lead on some place mats - they were perfect so I bought two extra and made little neck pillows out of them.

There are so many things you can ad - good thing all this stuff is lightweight or we would be in big trouble with the towing

Again Leigh really great job on the Window - can't wait to see in fitted in. Are you replacing your window with it or are you using it inside only?
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Where are the carriers attached????

Well it is a nice day here! I have been anxious to see what my curtains will look like.

I bought all new double wheel carriers the other day and just finished putting the snaps on the ends of the front curtains.

The A/S is empty right now - waiting on the wood to be treated so I thought I would test a panel out.

I had attached the carrier hooks to about a 1/4 inch from the pleat fold - but I think it should be put in the middle between the two pleats. Does anyone know for sure??? I took all the hooks out of the old ones and can not tell where they were Silly me...

Well they turned out to be a perfect fit just below and above the rod (so the curtains don't get trashed with rubbing against the rods while rolling. Although a little fiddly I do prefer the curtains snug on the rod as opposed to the bottom just hanging straight.

Here is a pic of my test run - but now they are back in the house to have the hooks moved (I think - need some consult on this one) and to keep them clean as I am now going in to do the final wire wool sanding of the cabinetry.
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...I will have to commission you to do a small porthole window in our bi-fold bathroom door...
Bathroom door? Then how about a half moon?!

BTW, I recently read a story on the origins of the half moon on outhouse doors. Once, a half moon was the designation for "ladies", and a sun was the designation for "gents". According to this account, use of privies fell out of favor with the ladies first, but gentlemen continued using them and eventually the gents' outhouses deteriorated. Ladies' outhouses with the characteristic half moon survived and the design became customarily associated with the outhouse. Cool, huh? Celestial themes everywhere!

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Hello again - haven't had much time to post lately, altho still keeping up on reading posts.

Thanks for enjoying my new stained glass window. I did not actually create it, just told artist what I was looking for and as she posted pictures of ongoing idea, I asked for changes. It is not made of glass - it is a stained glass look made from window cling material. We should be getting it in mail this week.

I also purchased a new, wonderful item for my kitchen window. It is a Man-in-the-Moon crystal. Haven't had time to take a picture, but hope to soon.

It is great fun to compare ideas and pictures. Hope all is still going well for you. Noticed you had posted a new thread w/pics of inside of trailer. Lookin good Later,
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Hi Liegh;

Yes things are happing slowly but steadily. We got to the point that we had stuff all over the place and decided we had to start putting things back.

It is so true with these VAS's you touch something and it either breaks or it is connected to something else that has to be removed before you can finish it and things just balloon from there.

Spending a couple of more days on the inside of the
A/S and then it is back to sewing - I have had a long enough break now and need to get my seat cushions done. Holding off as I would be tempted to put them in the trailer - and I know the hubby would nip in there do something without covering them and ruin them!

Have an issue with the mirror and the closet door - we need a new one but to have one made to the original size they use a really heavy mirror - so we are going with the 12X48 re-frame it and have a 5" topper to the frame - Have to design a nice Celestial half circle top and then I will hand paint the design. I was also thinking of a local fellow to hand carve a design on the frame?? not sure - self art is cheaper and more personal.

Don't think I have picked up anything else lately - other than the patio lantern lights - not sure if I posted them either??? too many posts!!!

Nice to stay in touch though and will keep you posted.
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